Wrapping Paper Storage from a Wooden Counter Stool

Wrapping Paper Storage from a Wooden Counter Stool

For years and years, I have stored our collection of gift wrap rolls in the box from our vacuum cleaner. No really, I have! But, the box is starting to fall apart, so I decided that I needed something else as wrapping paper storage. More specifically, vertical wrapping paper storage.

wrapping paper storage ideas

Plus, I’ve always had one complaint- I can’t see my gift wrap choices unless I dump it all out! Besides, I had upcycled several things to store my craft ribbon which I also use for gift wrapping.

Craft ribbon storage with a hanging paper towel holder

Anyway, I hit the thrift stores and found the perfect thing to upcycle for wrapping paper storage: a natural wood counter stool. 

Even better? Part of the seat had broken off which made it uncomfortable to sit on. So, a complete repurpose was DEFINITELY in order.

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Creating Some Vertical Wrapping Paper Storage

The first time I saw this upcycling idea for vertical wrapping paper storage was a spread in Flea Market Style Magazine. As blogged about by 2 Little Hooligans. it was completely GENIUS and I had to try my version of it.

I found the perfect wooden counter stool at my local Habitat ReStore. Plain, blonde, and partially broken- which made it a primo candidate for an upcycling project.

natural wood counter stool

The missing chunk of seat (how does that happen anyway?) didn’t phase me. And in true Sadie style, I painted it to seal out its old life AND make it pop with color.

painting a wooden counter stool

A splashy turquoise worked wonders! Don’t look too closely, though- I barely had enough paint to finish the job.

Then, to the top of the seat, I drilled in four casters. But, this is totally optional.

making a gift wrap organizer cart

I just wanted to make it easy to move around during one of my wrapping frenzies.

upside down wood counter stool

Now, I could have stopped there, I suppose. But I also wanted to make some storage bags for my vertical wrapping paper storage project!

Storage Bags from a Vintage Pillowcase

Santa brought me a sewing machine for Christmas– hurray! So I was able to whip up a few little bags for my gift wrap organizer cart. My sewing machine skills are just a hair above “no skills”, so I kept it basic-basic-basic.

I used a couple of cheery pillowcases that I had in my stash of linens to create various sizes of storage bags to hang on the rungs of my stool.

vintage pillowcase

First, I turned the vintage pillowcase inside out and cut down the middle of it, lengthwise. Then I straight stitched the cut sides closed and turned them right-side out. 

Talk about simple sewing, eh?

upcycling a vintage pillowcase

Once the bags were made, I stitched on some double-sided Velcro for easy rung-hanging.

I made long bags- perfect for tissue paper, spools of ribbon, bows, and smaller gift bags.

storage bags for vertical wrapping paper storage

And from the other vintage pillowcase, I made shorter bags to hold gift tags, pens, tape, etc.

sewing ideas for a vintage pillowcase

Vertical Wrapping Paper Storage from a Wooden Counter Stool

And that was it! Vertical wrapping paper storage from a broken piece of thrift store furniture. How fantastic is that?

wood counter stool as vertical wrapping paper storage

Does it hold everything? No, I still have a bin to hold leftover supplies.

But it DOES allow me to recycle that 6-year-old Dyson box…AND I can see my wrapping paper without a flashlight or a mess!

vertical wrapping paper storage

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for gift wrap storage, then you’ll also love this DIY ribbon holder that I upcycled, as well!

diy ribbon holder

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens says

    This is so awesome. I’m going to be scouring thrift shops and garage sales for broken stools now 🙂

  2. Good save!

  3. What a great idea. I also store my gift wrap in an old box. I love the added pockets. I’ll have to keep an eye out for an old stool. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is such an awesome idea! I’m pinning it. BTW I think the turquoise really makes it pop.

  5. brittpenney says

    What a great idea! I love that you put wheels on it! Super easy to move around! Thanks for the idea!

  6. This is such a great idea!! I am going to pick up a stool at the thrift store or goodwill and make one (or have a friend do it for me!)

  7. distresseddonna says

    Cute wrapping storage. I have an old stool I use for fabric bolt storage, but never as nice as this one.

  8. Such a great reuse! I really like that it is on wheels. Thanks for linking up!

  9. This is so adorable! My wrapping stuff is in one of those giant plastic ziploc bags lol SO not classy

  10. Such a good idea! Visiting from the Thursday favorite things blog hop!

  11. Get OUT!!! I love this idea, and execution!!! Great solution and upcycle!

  12. Great job. I have seen on PINTEREST and thought how cool is that.

  13. Now that is creativity if I ever saw it! Thanks for Sharing on the Home Matters Linky Party this week!

  14. Hi Sarah- Saw this on 3 Little Greenwoods. Would love for you to share at Friday Favorites party going on this weekend! laura

  15. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says

    How genius. This would make Christmas wrapping fun. I’m going to share and pin this! I would love if you linked this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday! It will be LIVE tomorrow at 9pm CST. Thanks so much for sharing and hope to see you there!


  16. This is a great idea. I keep my wrapping paper in a big box too. LoL. I saw this on Pinterest a long time ago and keep thinking I may do it also. Velcro is the next best thing to napkins, isn’t it! Love how yours turned out. So glad you shared it with us, now I am inspired!

  17. Oh so cool!!!!!! And sooooo useful!

  18. What a great idea! Paper storage can FINALLY be something pretty to look at!

  19. What an awesome up cycle! I throw out so much wrapping paper because it gets torn and wrinkled and ugly! This is such a fantastic idea!! Thanks so much for linking up over at the Ladies Collective Linkup! Hope to see you back again this Wednesday!

    Stephanie @ http://www.mommyzoid.ca

  20. Brilliant! Pinned for later, as I am redoing my craft room. Popping over from From Dream to Reality Link Up.

  21. Love, love, love this idea! Perfect for keeping wrapping paper staying nice as well as organized. Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every week on Thursday night at 8PM through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  22. I love it! I don’t usually have wrapping paper but I am racking my brain to figure out how I could use this idea. Maybe umbrellas? This was really clever.

  23. I have never seen this idea…but it is genius! I think the casters are what really did me in. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. What a clever idea! I will be making one this week! You’ll be my feature pick this week on the Merry Monday Linky Party! Thanks for linking up, and please stop by a grab a ink! Thanks!

  25. What a perfect solution! Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! This week’s party starts at 10pm tonight. We hope to see you again!

  26. This is such an awesome idea! How clever!! I’m featuring you this week at Friday Favorites!

  27. what?! seriously genius idea! Right now I have random rolls of wrapping paper thrown in a closet, time to find a stool|!

  28. What a great idea! I love that it is on wheels!!!

  29. Great idea!

  30. Jann Olson says

    This is so clever! I love that you can move it around. I found and old metal cart that holds my wrapping or I would be making one for my craft room. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. So cool! I haven’t made it into our local Habitat ReStore yet, but I’m definitely feeling inspired to go exploring now!

  32. Great idea! Organizing my gift wrap has been on the To Do for-e-ver. Love this concept. Visiting from Welcome Home Wednesday party.

  33. SUCH a neat idea!! Love this!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  34. with the edge of stool broke or cut it will allow it to sit flush with a wall better ! the hair bands like covered rubber bands for pony tails works wonderful to hold wrapping paper once open .the little terry kids one works amazing on bobbins .

  35. I love this clever useful idea. Again. Awesome!


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